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Fewer than half of patients with fatigue get explanation for their symptoms within a year, study shows

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 27 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4393
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    Of 571 patients who presented with fatigue, in a primary care study in 147 general practices throughout the Netherlands, at least half in a one year follow-up did not receive a diagnosis that could possibly explain their complaint, and only a minority were diagnosed as having serious pathology (CMAJ 2009 Oct 26, doi:10.1503/cmaj.090647).

    Nevertheless, the authors concluded that because fatigue is seen in 5% to 10% of patients and …

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